'Quentin Tarantino issued an apology on Thursday to Samantha Geimer, the woman who was raped by director Roman Polanski in 1977 when she was 13 years old, after having previously suggested that Geimer “wanted” to have sex with Polanski at the time and that the incident should not have been considered rape.
“I want to publicly apologize to Samantha Geimer for my cavalier remarks on ‘The Howard Stern Show’ speculating about her and the crime that was committed against her,” Tarantino said in a statement, according to TheWrap.
“Fifteen years later, I realize how wrong I was. Ms. Geimer WAS raped by Roman Polanski,” he added. “When Howard brought up Polanski, I incorrectly played devil’s advocate in the debate for the sake of being provocative. I didn’t take Ms. Geimer’s feelings into consideration and for that I am truly sorry. So, Ms. Geimer, I was ignorant, and insensitive, and above all, incorrect. I am sorry Samantha.”
In a 2003 interview with Howard Stern that resurfaced this week, Tarantino was asked how Hollywood could continue to support Polanski after he was convicted of statutory rape. Polanski later fled the country while awaiting sentencing, and has remained in Europe to avoid extradition.
“It was statutory rape…he had sex with a minor. That’s not rape,” Tarantino told Stern at the time. “To me, when you use the word rape, you’re talking about violent, throwing them down—it’s like one of the most violent crimes in the world. You can’t throw the word rape around. It’s like throwing the word ‘racist’ around.”'
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